July 23, 2020 – After a full and rewarding career in the print and graphics trade from ownership to helping owners, Bill Gibson, GLGA’s Illinois Director, has decided to retire. His last day with the association was July 22, 2020.
Bill joined GLGA when Printing Industries of Illinois/Indiana Association and Printing Industries of Wisconsin merged, and was our first Illinois Director for almost nine years. He started in the industry when he was just 13 years old, sweeping floors and taking out the trash in his grandfather’s print shop. Highlights of Bill’s more than 50-year career include serving as President of Gibson Graphics in Chicago and as Chairman of the Board for Printing Industries of America. He was instrumental in getting Illinois to reinstate the graphic arts sales tax exemption, and he has been a driving force on the Illinois golf committee to raise scholarship funds for graphic communications students.
In a post on LinkedIn, Bill wrote: “The journey has been a very rewarding one that has created lasting friendships, solid relationships and a respected understanding of those entrenched in the industry. I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to my family, trusted advisors, Printing Industries of America, PII and GLGA. There have been so many owners who have walked with me along the way during good times and bad, and with their support and positive attitude made the journey rewarding and energized! I look forward to what lies ahead for me and my family, and will not lose touch with those who have helped shape my career.”
“I want to thank Bill for all that he has done to make GLGA a success over the years,” said GLGA President Joe Lyman. “We all played a part in bringing the three states together to provide better services and benefits to members in all three states. Bill played a vital role from the beginning, and his legacy will be ingrained in GLGA forever. Please join me in saying ‘thank you’ for his years of service and wishing him a happy retirement.”